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What is the difference between Acetone vs. Non-Acetone?

Asked by Jasmijn , Last updated: Jun 28, 2020

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B. Mary

Health comes first, and I happen to know a lot about health.

B. Mary, Health Care manager, MHA(Master's In Healthcare Administration), Raleigh, North Carolina

Answered Jun 11, 2020

Acetone is a compound, and it is organic, colorless, volatile, flammable, and has a unique odor. It is used as a solvent in industry, lab, and home. It is used to make nail polish remover and paint thinner. It is on the VOC exempt list as it has no restrictions even though volatile. Your body also produces acetone when it breaks down fat. Breathing in sizeable amounts of acetone can cause health problems like sore throat, cough, headache, and confusion.

Non-Acetone nail polish remover is also available, and even though it does not work as quickly as acetone, your nails will thank you for it. Non-Acetone removers usually have ethyl acetate, which is colorless, also flammable, and the smell is much better.


L. Hawkes

L. Hawkes, Teacher, Memphis

Answered Jun 11, 2020

Acetone is known for removing nail polish from nails. The formula of acetone is C3H60 or CH3COCH3. Its form is one of a solvent. It has no color, and it is a simple molecule. It can also be known as ketone. It has a strong, one of a kind smell, and it is highly flammable.

If a person is unable to use acetone, they can also use non-acetone to remove nail polish. This is also a chemical, but it has a different chemical formula. Its formula is C4H8O2. Between the two, non-acetone has a heavier mass. It has 88.106 g/mol, and acetone has 58.08 g/mol.


G. Deacon

Loves to build things that last longer.

G. Deacon, Civil Engineer, B.E(Bachelor of Engineering), Trenton, New Jersey

Answered Jun 09, 2020

Acetone is just a chemical substance that also is referred to as dimethyl ketone and has the formula C3H60 or CH3COCH3. This is a liquid substance serving as a solvent to remove nail varnish. This liquid is colorless, and it's a simple kind of molecule referred to as ketone. This substance is flammable with its distinctive odor. The molecular mass of acetone is given as 58.08 g/mol. An industrial process through which acetone can be made is known as the cumene hydroperoxide method. It can also form in the human body. On the other hand, the ethyl acetate chemical is the one generally referred to as non-acetone.

It has a chemical formula of C4H8O2, and it can be used instead of acetone in removing nail polish. The molecular mass of ethyl acetate (non-acetone) is given as 88.106 g/mol. It is also a colorless clear liquid. This substance is flammable, and it has a sweet smell like that of a pineapple. The commercial method of manufacturing ethyl acetate is known as the Tischenko condensation reaction. Another means of making this substance is through the esterification of ethanol and acetic acid.


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